Do You Believe in Santa?

One year, several weeks before Christmas, my children and I were in the car getting ready to go Christmas shopping. My son was about six years old and my daughter was about three years old. Out of the blue, my son confidently said,


“Mommy, I know there isn't a Santa Claus. It's you and daddy.”



Saddened from hearing this and because I didn't want the Santa experience spoiled for my daughter, I quickly replied,


Oh really?” Did you know that when you stop believing in Santa, he stops coming?”


My son's eyes became huge and with complete sincerity, he promptly answered,


“OH, I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE!!”


I have often wondered, why believe in Santa Claus?


When I was little, I loved believing this jolly, round man left me gifts under the Christmas tree. I always knew the true meaning of Christmas had nothing to do with Santa Claus, but to me, he was a wonderful old man that made Christmas “magical.”


I cherish all the memories of my children and their Santa Claus experience, just as I treasure my childhood memories of my Santa Claus experience.


Santa Claus ignites the fuel to our Christmas imagination with child-like magic, enchantment and joyful anticipation. Santa Claus teaches us the importance of giving and the fun of receiving. To me, he brings out the better part of ourselves. He brings out our child-like innocence.


Not believing in Santa was not an option in our home. So, if anyone asks me if I believe in Santa Claus, I will whole heartedly reply,


“I BELIEVE! I BELIEVE!”

 

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57 thoughts on “Do You Believe in Santa?

  1. Your son is so sweet! πŸ˜€ The funny thing is I actually said the same words to my girls…LOL πŸ˜€ Then one night, I found her peeping out of her door to catch a glimpse of Santa …LOL πŸ˜€

  2. Awwh..jaded at six years old, terrible. Probably some older kid or one with an older sibling told him. I think it is great to believe in the magic. Did you ever see the movie Elf. It was so funny and on this topic. Very magical scene with Santa in that movie. πŸ™‚

  3. This is an amazing post, Joy… one of the best. It’s so true, Christmas and the Santa experience does “…ignites the fuel to our Christmas imagination with child-like magic, enchantment and joyful anticipation.”.. such a lovely sentence. You deserve Santa to visit this year!

  4. I watched Elf just last week with my family and completely enjoyed it. I hadn’t seen it before but it is so fun to watch. I believe in Santa for sure.:)

  5. Such a poignant story! Even though I found at at 8 yrs old that Santa was my parents (and I was devastated but it made sense), I still want to believe. It reminds me of the movie Polar Express where the kids can still hear the bell ring.

  6. Oh my goodness PJ I absolutely love this! I’m in tears as I type this, that was beautiful! You are so right too, I cherish all my childhood memories of Santa. It’s such a magical time of year. Your story is fabulous and your follow-up a treasure! I believe, I believe!!! xo

  7. Joy, this is very uplifting and heartfelt ! I love this part….”Santa Claus ignites the fuel to our Christmas imagination with child-like magic, enchantment and joyful anticipation. Santa Claus teaches us the importance of giving and the fun of receiving. To me, he brings out the better part of ourselves. He brings out our child-like innocence.’ That is such a true statement . Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. πŸ™‚

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